Life comes to us whether we’re ready or not. There will always be surprises we can’t anticipate and demands we can’t prepare for. I suspect that’s why one of the names of the Holy One is Immanuel, which means “God with us.” Or, as the Voice of heaven said to the apostle Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Cor. 12:9). Faith is trusting that God’s grace is and will be enough. That is as ready as we’ll ever be.
—Mike Ripski, “Are You Ready?” Light of Lights: Advent Devotions from The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide, compiled and edited by Robin Pippin (Upper Room Books, 2014)
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The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”).
—Matthew 1:23 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
O God, during this season give us eyes to see all around us signs of Christ’s love breaking into the world. Amen. —Prayer by Diane Luton Blum
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